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Please be aware that there is an ongoing jury scam involving failing to report for jury service. The caller states that a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest, and a monetary payment is required immediately. The District of Montana will never require a monetary payment be made without a written court order. If you receive one of these calls, do not offer any type of payment. Please contact the District of Montana’s jury administration line at 1-800-296-6577 with any questions or concerns.
Welcome to the Federal Court. Jury duty is an important aspect of citizenship and we thank you for your time and service.
Jury service is a direct means for citizens to participate in the judicial process. Jurors make decisions that have an impact on individual's lives, property and liberty. The jury, as an institution, has a long and distinquished history. As early as the English Magna Carta (1215), it was hailed as the protector of individual rights and liberties. In the U.S. Constitution, the Sixth Amendment provides for impartial jury trials in criminal cases. The Fifth Amendment guarantees the right to a grand jury indictment. The Seventh Amendment provides for juries in certain civil cases.